Will the Dolphins replace one running back with a history of knee issues with another?
At the very least, they are considering it.
The Dolphins on Tuesday hosted former New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, an accomplished veteran who missed the final two months of the season and the Patriots’ Super Bowl run after tearing his ACL last October. Ridley, 26, is reportedly six weeks shy of being cleared medically.
Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey rarely allows a visiting free agent to leave the team’s Davie headquarters without at least a contract offer, but as of late Tuesday, no deal was in place.
If signed, Ridley would presumably fill the role the team had envisioned last year for Knowshon Moreno, who had his own season-ending knee injury in 2014: sharing the workload with Lamar Miller, who had nearly 1,100 yards on the ground last year.
When healthy, Ridley has been productive. He averaged 4.3 yards per rush in four years with the Patriots and totaled 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.
In seven career games against the Dolphins, Ridley has gained 343 yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries — a 4.2 yards-per-attempt average.
Ridley, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, played collegiately at Louisiana State. The Patriots selected him in the third round in 2011.
The Dolphins could still bring back Moreno, who only appeared in three games in his lone season in Miami because of elbow and knee injuries.
Moreno is currently a free agent, leaving Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Mike Gillislee as the running backs on the depth chart behind Miller. They have a combined 336 rushing yards in their young careers.